I can’t believe it’s time for the second annual Pie Party already! Has it really been a year?
It didn’t seem like a whole year had gone by, so I dug up my post from last year. Pie Party, meant to be one day, turned into Pie Week for me in 2011. I baked with friends, with the children of friends, I shared pie with those I love, taking the time to slow down and really enjoy what having a slice of pie means to me. Man, I LOVE pie!
This year is no different. I still love pie, any kind of pie. Doesn’t have to be a perfectly crimped crust or thinly sliced fruit laid out just so. My pie for Pie Party 2012 isn’t fancy. I made it from what I had on hand. I’m sharing it with my favorite fella after a dinner of carryout. I hope he is surprised that we’re having homemade pie after I made a frantic phone call to tell him I hadn’t gotten around to dinner tonight, would he please pick up something on the way home. But I’ve always got time for pie. Will you make time today for a slice, too?
The Un-Recipe for Chocolate-y Goodness Pie
You’ll need a 7″ pie pan. It’s little, enough for four slices or so. I bought mine at Sur La Table.
For the crust: make the crust for this cheesecake. I keep a container of this mixture in the freezer for an impromptu crust. Let it come to room temperature, then pat it into the pie pan.
For the filling: Make half of this Alton Brown recipe for Moo-Less Chocolate Pie. Substitute Frangelico for the coffee liqueur, your pie will have a nice hint of hazelnut. If you are dairy-free, choose a dairy-free chocolate. I used Baker’s chocolate in mine.
For the whipped topping: I keep a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator most of the time, just so I can have whipped topping in a hurry. Put the can in the refrigerator overnight, open the can and skim the thickened cream off of the top. Save the liquid in the bottom of the can for a smoothie later. The hardened cream part will whip up nicely with a hand mixer. I add a touch of vanilla bean paste. I served this with just a dollop on top of each slice.
So, tell me how you are celebrating Pie Party 2012? Going out for a slice of pie with a friend? Baking pie to share? Having pot pie for dinner? I wanna hear about your pie adventures!